Target: Belfast High Court Justice Seamus Treacy
Goal: Commend judge for ruling that homosexual and unmarried couples in Northern Ireland may adopt children
Since 1987 two groups of people have been legally barred from adopting children in Northern Ireland: unmarried couples and homosexuals. The people of Northern Ireland have lived with this legislated discrimination until only recently. The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission recently brought a lawsuit before judge Seamus Treacy, a justice of the Belfast High Court, suing to give gay couples the right to adopt. Justice Treacy ruled in their favor, overturning a quarter century of discriminatory and bigoted policy.
Justice Treacy’s decision marks a huge victory for human rights in Northern Ireland. Most of the European Union and parts of the United Kingdom already allow homosexual and unwed couples adopt. In Northern Ireland alone there are 2,500 infants in state care; the children have no home and cost the state money.
Now, thanks to the new decision, they can go to good families that would have not been allowed to adopt previously. It is expected that Northern Ireland’s government will appeal the decision (the Minister of Health is a staunch Evangelical Protestant who has been vehemently opposed to gay marriage), however, many Northern Irish human and civil rights groups think the appeal will ultimately be in vain, as it can only be based on prejudice, not logic.
There is no question that unmarried couples and gay couples can make phenomenal parents, thinking otherwise in this day and age is ludicrous. Simply put, there is just no good reason to not let these groups adopt children; it is love and commitment that make good parents, not sexual orientation or nuptial status.
Seamus Treacy made a decision that is more than legal in nature—it is moral. Judge Treacy’s ruling says loud and clear that anyone can make a good parent, and silly criteria, such as whether or not a person is married or is a homosexual, do not matter. Countless children across the globe are left to languish in group homes and orphanages, desperate to find a home and a family. Justice Seamus Treacy’s decision has helped to change that.
Sign the petition and thank Justice Treacy for helping his nation’s children.
Dear Justice Treacy,
I am writing to thank you for the ruling you made in the recent case brought before you by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. Your decision to give gay and unmarried couples the right to adopt children is a milestone for Northern Ireland. You, and hopefully soon the rest of your nation, have come to the conclusion that anyone who is dedicated enough can be a good parent.
Much of the European Union and even parts of the United Kingdom have allowed unwed couples and homosexuals couples to adopt; Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K. have recognized gay marriage for the better part of a decade. Now, thanks to your decision, human rights in the U.K. have taken another step forward.
Two people who love each other and want to start a family may start one, regardless of their sexual orientation or marriage status. Now more of the 2,5000 infants in the care of the Northern Irish government can get adopted, spending the rest of their lives as members of happy, loving families.
You have recognized the basic human rights of your country’s people and helped to make Northern Ireland a more egalitarian place. You have thrown out the antiquated notion that only a “traditional” family can properly raise a child. Unmarried and homosexual people can be as good parents as anyone else. Parenthood is about love and commitment, not family structure.
You saw that two variables existed— on one hand you had people who wanted to start a family and legally could not, and on the other you had young children who were in desperate need of a home. When the case was brought before you, you made the right choice and gave Northern Ireland’s unwanted children a better chance to be part of a family.
There is a chance that your ruling may be appealed by the government. Know that if it is you are in the right. Your choice is based on ethics and morality, their decision would be based on fear and prejudice. Your ruling has made Northern Ireland a better place.
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